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Germany: Russia hacked our parliament

A German intelligence agency reportedly said the attack crossed the line from espionage to sabotage.


Hans-Georg Maassen, president of Germany's intelligence agency, reported said Russian spies have taken their cyber efforts to a new level.

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German spies pointing fingers at Russian spies. It might sound like an old story, but it has a modern twist: computer hacking.

A German intelligence agency said Friday it believes Russian operatives were behind a cyberattack that took down the computers of the lower house of the German parliament last year, according to a report from Reuters.

The German agency, the Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz (or the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution), didn't respond to a request for its statement. The agency said a hacking group called "Sofacy," guided by Russian intelligence agencies, were most likely behind the attack, according to Reuters.

Hans-Georg Maassen, president of the German intelligence agency, told Reuters that Russia has long used computers to spy on Germany. "But lately," he added, "Russian intelligence agencies have also shown a willingness to conduct sabotage."